Sponsorship Licence for Employers

Wish to employ someone from outside of the UK? You may require a Sponsorship License

If you are a business owner in the UK and wish to employ someone from outside of the UK (or an individual in the UK who may require a skilled worker visa) for a particular job role you may require a Sponsorship License. This means that your business will firstly need approval from the Home Office before you can hire any selected individual.

In light for the UK’s recent withdrawal from the European Union, many businesses who have relied on flexible movement and working rights for individuals coming from Europe have now found they require a sponsorship license to continue to hire the staff they require. With this bring said, many businesses have already taken steps to acquire a sponsorship license for their organisation in order to attract the best and brightest talent from Europe and also around the globe for their business needs.

Obtaining a Sponsorship license allows your organisation to attract the best talent from around the globe. Whether you have already identified the individual(s) you wish to hire or generally wish to obtain the license in order to have greater candidates to chosen from we always recommend business the obtain a licence.

The process of acquiring a license and hiring your chosen staff member can be broken down into three specific stages as follows: –

Each stage outlined above is dependent on a successful decision at the prior stage (i.e. a COS cannot be applied for until the business has successful received a sponsorship license). If your business is successful, you will be given a licence rating and will be able to issue certificates of sponsorship (COS). Your license will be valid for up to 4 years.


To get a license, you can’t have:


The fee for applying will depend on the size of your business. For small businesses the fee is currently £536. For Medium to Large business the fee is currently £1,476.

You’re usually a small business if:

Why choose MLC Immigrations Lawyer for help applying for a Sponsorship License?

The Law and requirements surrounding Sponsorship Licenses remain complex and rigid. A well-presented application requires input from competent immigration professionals. MLC Immigration Lawyers highly skilled team can advise and help prepare your full application. If you wish you enquire about a Sponsorship License or have any questions why not take advantage of our initial consultation to get you the advice you need.

To book a consultation or to speak to an MLC Immigration Lawyer call 0161 224 4224. Or fill out the form below.

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